The Facts about Physical Wellness
Physical Wellness is about having a healthy body from engaging in regular physical activity, sleep, eating nutritious foods, drinking responsibly, being informed about your sexual health, and routinely visiting your health care providers for regular check-ups.
Be Physically Well
- Your body does a lot of work when it sleeps. It is repairing itself to be fit and ready for another day. It’s also working on preventing weight gain, heart disease and illness duration. That’s why it’s so very important to get enough sleep to feel well-rested each morning.
- How do you do that? Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the evenings. Don’t bring school work or your phone to bed with you. Get up at the same time each day. Keep your room at a temperature between 60 and 67 for optimal sleep.
- Schedules can be hectic and irregular for the typical college students, and sometimes that means that meals and food intake can also be hectic and irregular.
- The best tip: listen to your body and eat within 30-60 minutes of feeling hungry. Try to plan ahead and have snacks on hand for days when meals may be hard to squeeze in. Connect with on-campus dietitians to learn more about the best foods for you.
- Sexual health can cross many dimensions of wellness so it’s important to make informed decisions that are best for you!
- Are you going to abstain from sexual activity? Are you ready to become, or stay, sexually active? Do you know how to protect yourself and your partner or partners from STDs? Did you know you can get free condoms on campus?
- Preparing to take on your own healthcare can be overwhelming, but there’s a few simple things you can do to make the transition smoother.
- Find a local health care provider like the Campus Health Center or GVSU Family Health Center. Be sure that you understand if you have insurance and what’s covered before care. And, don’t forget to take preventative steps to stay healthy like getting your flu shot and washing your hands.
- Physical activity is important for both your physical and mental health. Recreation and Wellness has many opportunities to help you reap the benefits including the Climbing Center, UFit Plan, Intramural Sports, Group Exercise classes, and much more!
- There are weekly recommendations such as provided by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), but any length or type of movement throughout your day can be beneficial.